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Thank you. I should be able to finish this project by the end of November.

There are a couple of minor interior mods that have not been listed so far. It is not that I am holding out on Ya'll.... they simply haven't solidified into anything cohesive; they are still sloshing about in the gray-matter in a larval stage.

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nice! Now hit me with them pics when you get them! WOO
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I want to see teh Redness. For my new rig, I think Im going to do Red and Blue. That is - if red looks nice.
Pics will be up next week. As stated by ice_owl, capturing the essence is really difficult. This problem is compounded by the fact that the paint job is rather subtle....

...when I am done I will try to do a small video of the effect.

...heh! ... I needed to break away from the Blue/Black rut... I don't want to as they are my favorite colors, but I think that the Red will look good. I may melt down some depleted uranium rods to a liquid state and add a few drops to the loop to give it an unholy glow... lol... UV reactive additive.

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Nice paint job, wow in fact. Good job photographing it I know first hand how hard it is to get a good picture of how you see it, with metallic paints and such. When I first saw that case and how it was built it inspired me to plan a build from scratch that is loosly based on it. $200 bucks later I think I have enough materials. How do you like the layout of that case? Is it roomy enough? Would you change anything?
Thanks for ackowledging the picture-taking headache... considering I am no Ansel Adams it proved to be rather challenging.

I really, really, really like this case. Physical balance has merit to me, and considering that one of the radiators is top-mounted, having the PSU in the bottom of the case provides a counter weight... not that it makes much difference... it wouldn't tip over or anything, I just like even distribution. In fact, I prefer to have the PSU in bottom section of any case... but that is only a personal choice.

They layout is great as it will accomodate some of my ideas on cable management. There is plenty of space for me to put both my meat-paws inside and twiddle about.

There really isn't anything that I would change, except I would like to have 120mm fans on the rear-side. But, that would mean a deeper (or wider depending upon perspective) case. I think that the twin 80's will do the job as I plan to supplement them with some more exhaust.

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To the Batcave Robin!

Man, I love that show - they showed the early ones on TV a few weeks ago and they were awesome xD

Anyway, - drop us some hints and teasers please! What colour are you sleeving the cables with?
I used standard Black sleeving. The reasoning is that I would like the wiring and cabling to "sink" into the background and not stand out. I would like the components and the cable-management (an interior mod) itself to stand out, or at the very least be a "subtley".

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THat is a lotta work. One of the main reasons I try to stay away from paint altogether.

I like your color choice for the case...it really suits that shape and size.
Thank you Master.

Yeah... painting is not my forte. I have read SpookedJunglists painting thread numerous time in the past 6 months as I prepared for this endeavor. I also spent a fair amount of time reading on the Web and practicing with canabalized pieces of cases to see what I would be able to achieve....

...we shall see if I was paying attention.




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It's what keeps us Modder's going

I have a lil TJ07 build going but NO WAY am I going to take that baby apart: That's Large Brassy Yawbles sir. Is this where your Rapture X drives are going?
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It's what keeps us Modder's going

I have a lil TJ07 build going but NO WAY am I going to take that baby apart: That's Large Brassy Yawbles sir. Is this where your Rapture X drives are going?
...Amen to that.

Yes, I have 4 of these bad mofos. Putting all 4 into Gemini was a bone-headed move on my part, so I am dividing them up. Two of them will remain in Gemini and be moved to the rebuild, and the other two are going into Liquid Chameleon.

The Dual boot fiasco that I engineered turned to ashes, so LC will be my Vista Rig until I am emotionally strong enough to cut ties with XP.
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As usual, great work Syrillian.
I love that paint, absolutely awesome for cars and motorcycles. I'll have to include computer cases to that statement from now on
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IF (and this is a big if) I could find a local Painter that I could trust I'd consider dismantling and all that fun stuff. The end result is really stunning...I just draw the line at stuff I can't do entirely myself.

I assume the Raptures will be visible? Looking forwardto the assembly process
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this is gonna be kick arse cool
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The Heart of the matter:




Between waxing the outer chassis and priming and painting the inner chassis pieces, I spent some time sleeving.

The stock Power Switch and LED panel is well put together and the action of the switch is positive and decisive…. I know that an action occurred when I push it. Some momentary switches have a “mushy†feel to them which makes it feel as though contact may or may not be happening and oftentimes the reality goes hand in hand with the feeling.




...and sleeved:




The front USB / 1394 / sound panel was readily removed. Thankfully it is already painted a nice finish of Black…. I have had enough of painting for awhile…. a long while. It will be good to back to Acrylic.

Un-sleeved:




…and sleeved:



…and mounted:



I’ll be back in a bit to post what I did to overcome the issues I had with the single 120mm radiator.

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Here is a shot of the painted interior chassis pieces. They will get a final polish when I have the chassis fully assembled.




During the painting process I put the down time during curing to use, and worked on the window panels. I have completed the main window panel, but I still have to work out how I will mount the HDD/PSU chamber windows. The stock covers are mesh grills that have tabs. These tabs bend and hold the mesh panel in place. I refused to drill any holes in this case right from the get-go (except the 2 for the pump), so I was hoping to be able to use the existing slots….the bolts will have to be tiny.

Anyhooo….here is the main window:




The secondary radiator posed a problem. The issue was, that of the 3 components only 1 had a “pass-through†configuration – meaning that the hardware that mounted and held the components together could only pass through the entire body of one of the components. Not a problem…. until one attempts to tighten the mounting hardware.

….I had a puzzle-box on my hands.

I worked my way forward with what I had, to what I needed to achieve. I have some 4/40 threaded rods that are 3’ long. The length was not an issue – Dremel the unwanted lengths off.

To mount the hardware 2 of the 3 components needed to have a pass-through. The radiator was out of that qualifier…. hands down. That left the Scythe Bay cooler.

The lineup:




…and the mounting hardware in an exploded view:



In order for this to work and have some longevity I needed to use some lock-tight. Here are the tools that I used to start the mounting process.




…and the modded Scythe bay cooler:




After getting all the posts in place with a nut and a drop of lock-tight, I mounted the fan over the 4 posts.




…then slid the modded Scythe bay cooler over the 4 posts as well.



I did not want to have bare nuts…. erm…. you know what I mean…

I used these “things†that I found at HSC that are plastic snap covers. They are almost perfect as they serve as the washer and the veneer for the nuts.

The DIY puzzle box:








Will the next hurdle please present itself….

The 220 radiator and fans need a mounting solution….

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That 120 rad mounting is frikkin' ingenious.

Patiently waiting for more.
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Thanks Pook!

heh! ....that was a head scratcher... and after the fact I'm all... "Duh...?!?!"

...ain't that life.

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